1997 Honoree - Arun Sarin
President & Chief Operating Officer, AirTouch Communications
"Together we can rise above old stereotypes about how hard it is for Asians to succeed in Corporate America. Many Fortune 500 companies already have Asians in their senior ranks. I've seen for myself that anything is possible." -Arun Sarin, September 1997
Arun Sarin is President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTouch Communications and Chairman of the Board for PrimeCo Personal Communications, a wireless joint venture launched by AirTouch, USWest, and Bell Atlantic. Prior to this, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of AirTouch International, and held executive management positions with the Pacific Telesis Group, where he worked for ten years before the AirTouch spin-off in 1994. AirTouch Communications is now a $20 billion global leader in wireless communications, operating in 12 countries around the world including Japan, Korea, and India.
Mr. Sarin was born in India where he studied engineering before arriving in the U.S. in 1975 to pursue M.B.A. and M.S. degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley he began a twenty-year long association with the International House, which he credits with providing him opportunities for cultural sharing and understanding that have enriched both his business and personal affairs. International House has honored Mr. Sarin as "Alumnus of the Year."